Snapshots and Street PhotographyI was asked by someone recently, what is the difference between "street photography" and everyday "snapshots"? Isn't everyone with cell phone or any other camera on the street doing "street photography"?Snapshots and Street Photography by IgorBekker
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Below is my answer.
(Please note, this is not an article resulting from a long thought process – this is just "from top of my head". Also, I just started exploring street photography, I have close to zero knowledge of the "theory" of the genre – so, just take it as my "uneducated" opinion .
Critique, comments, disagreements – all welcome!)
The difference between "street photography" and "snapshots", in my opinion, can be summarized quite simply: Street photography is a form of art, while snapshots are not.
Street photography, unlike a snapshot, does not aim to document a particular event, a place, people etc. As any art it deals with abstraction. The subject of street photography is abstract: interaction of a person and his environment, momentarily interactions between people, a huma